Dry Cleaning’s ‘Anna Calls From The Arctic’ Is About A Disrupted Phone Call

Surreal word play meets breathy saxophone...

Dry Cleaning have shared new song ‘Anna Calls From The Arctic’.

The band’s excellent 2021 album ‘New Long Leg’ combined post-punk leanings with a lyrical wit as dry as the Sahara desert. A superb live act, Dry Cleaning recently supported Yeah Yeah Yeahs on their UK run, and aired some new ideas in the process.

Incoming album ‘Stumpwork’ represents a quickfire return, but the initial indications are it extends far beyond the reach of their acclaimed debut album.

New song ‘Anna Calls From The Arctic’ pulls once more from Florence Shaw’s superb trick of filtering surreal snippets of conversation into her lyrics, drawing on a feeling of disconnect and disassociation. The surreal word-rivulets peer out of the stereo, joined by breathy saxophone, icy synths, and that rock solid beat.

“The lyrics were partly inspired by phone calls with a friend who was living and working in the Arctic,” explain the band. ”The song developed from a keyboard, bass and clarinet jam. This then took shape during our pre-recording sessions with John Parish and Joe Jones in Bristol and finalized at Rockfield studios a month later, with some musical inspiration coming from the dramatic scores of John Barry. The song is observational and sensual.” 

Tune in now.

‘Stumpwork’ will be released on October 21st, order it online.

Photo Credit: Ben Rayner

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